It was the U.S. Coast Guard to the rescue again Wednesday well off Depoe Bay. A 24′ recreational fishing boat called the “Boi Toi,” fishing for tuna, reported that they had “blown out” their vessel’s drain plug and that they were taking on water.
The Coast Guard immediately dispatched a 47′ Motor Lifeboat and a Coast Guard helicopter to the scene, 29 miles out from Depoe Bay. What they discovered was that the captain of the Boi Toi was using a tactic unique to anything that is sinking but which moves through the water fast enough can change the flow direction through a hole in the side of the boat. In this case, water was no longer leaking into the boat – it was actually leaving it by virtue of the boat’s high hull speed – passing water creating a partial vacuum thereby sucking the water out.
Upon learning that this remarkable process was going on, the guard’s motor lifeboat basically cleared an area out in front of the speedy craft all the way into Depoe Bay. When it hit the mouth of the bay they sped inside the harbor and made a B-line for the boat ramp. In what had to be a very quick drill, the Boi Toi was up and out of the water and safely aboard a boat trailer.
The Coast Guard said it was never established what could have caused the boat’s drain plug to blow out.